I'm learning Open Street Map in order to try to retrieve a list of all cinemas in the world, in a country or in a city

I would like to know if I can do that with a REST query in Postman.

On overpass-turbo.eu I can see there is a way to do that. I see the informations I want to retrieve but I cannot tell how to create the query for Postman

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On harrywood.co.uk it seems I can create the query but I must be doing something wrong. Dammit! I feel I'm so close!

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I can see there are other questions like mine, but they are not about Postman, so I don't really see how can I use those information.

But I know what I want to do is possible because I can see the outcome at this URL:

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I now know that there are 23.743 cinemas in the worls and if it's possible I would like to retrieve those information.

  • cross-post: stackoverflow.com/questions/51724809/… – scai Aug 8 at 12:09
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    XAPI Builder is outdated these days, don't use it anymore. Follow the export steps provided by @scai below. – mmd Aug 8 at 13:02
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    I would strongly recommend to start with a city first, rather than downloading data for the whole planet. – mmd Aug 8 at 13:10
  • Reading the docs also helps: overpass-api.de/command_line.html – mmd Aug 9 at 7:12

At overpass-turbo.eu build your query, then simply go to Export -> Query -> OverpassQL for obtaining an Overpass API URL for your query.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea what Postman is.

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I arrived to query Overpass API with Postman this way:


After 3 minutes and 13MB

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Special tanks to @mmd that linked on a comment how to do it through command line and save it to an output file

wget -O target.osm http://www.overpass-api.de/api/xapi?*[amenity=cinema][bbox=-180,-90,180,90]
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    Please don’t use the Xapi endpoint (like I mentioned before), it doesn’t support Overpass QL! Your follow up question help.openstreetmap.org/questions/65281/… will not work with Xapi. Xapi is totally outdated these days. – mmd Aug 12 at 4:08
  • Thank you @mmd, I see you know a lot about OSM. So what should I put instead of Xapi? – Francesco Mantovani Aug 12 at 4:14
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    use /api/interpreter instead like shown in the documentation – mmd Aug 12 at 4:15
  • Sorry @mmd, I tried but it's not working: http://www.overpass-api.de/api/interpreter?data=node[amenity=bank][bbox=-180,-90,180,90]. Frankly, the documentation is poor around REST call. I hope my post will help more people. If you know how to call the API without Xapi please post an example of an URL. Thank you – Francesco Mantovani Aug 12 at 4:24
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    You’re mixing xapi and overpass ql syntax here, again, start with overpass turbo and once you’re familiar with the language think about Postman. There’s plenty of documentation available: wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Overpass_API/Overpass_QL – mmd Aug 12 at 4:32

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